In Pakistan: Imam jailed 5 years for preaching hate-filled sermons

An Imam in Pakistan has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for inciting hate against a rival sect, officials said Wednesday.

Maulana Abubakar an Islamic prayer leader was arrested in February in Kasur district, Punjab, some 50 kilometres south of Lahore, for making a speech against the rival minority Shia sect, a prosecutor told AFP.

“The judge of an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday sentenced the Imam to serve five years in prison for [giving a] hate speech,” the prosecutor said on condition of anonymity.

“The Imam was found guilty of inciting hatred against Shia [people] and raised slogans during his sermon that Shias were infidels,” he said.